Chocolate Strawberry Cake

This Chocolate Strawberry Cake takes the humble chocolate dipped strawberry and elevates it to a whole new level. Dark chocolate sponge sandwiched with strawberry buttercream, drizzled with a rich chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate dipped strawberries. Sweets for you sweet indeed!

Chocolate Strawberry Cake with Ganache dripping down the sides.

It’s that time of year again. You know, the time where the big naked baby flies around shooting heart shaped arrows at everyone. That’s right, Halloween. No silly, of course I’m talking about Valentines Day. The day where everything’s pink, dipped in chocolate and delicious. This Strawberry Chocolate Cake is no exception.

Chocolate Strawberry Cake with Ganache dripping down the sides and a slice taken out.

Thick dark chocolate layers of cake, sandwiched together with a bright strawberry butter cream and drizzled with chocolate ganache. To top it all off you know we gotta decorate this baby with chocolate covered strawberries. It’s the law of the land.

Chocolate Strawberry Cake with Ganache dripping down the sides.

The strawberry buttercream really is the star of the show here. It’s so bright and fruity, I could just eat it with a spoon. Freeze dried strawberries are perfect for this kind of baking, just add them to a food processor and blitz into a dust. You can use this delicious powder to flavour anything from frosting, to macarons, to cakes. It’s like magic dust.

You can find freeze dried strawberries in most bigger supermarkets and specialist cooking shops these days. I found mine in Lakeland but you can even order it from eBay or Amazon if you’re struggling.

A slice of chocolate Strawberry Cake with Ganache dripping down the sides.

If you’d prefer to use fresh strawberries in your frosting that’s fine too. Just pop 4-5 strawberries into a food processor and smash em down to pulp. Push the strawberries through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds and add to your frosting in place of the liquid. You may need to use a little extra icing sugar to reach your desired consistency.

And yes, I promise I’ll try a different icing style out for you guys next time. I just love how a semi naked cake looks. They’re just so beautiful to me, and so so easy.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cake

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Units Scale

For the Chocolate Strawberries:

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 300g strawberries
  • 30g white chocolate

For the Cake:

  • 200g self raising flour
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp fine salt
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 180ml buttermilk
  • 150ml strong coffee
  • 2 large, free range eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

For the Strawberry Buttercream

  • 10g freeze dried strawberries
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 450g icing sugar
  • 60ml milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

For the Ganache:

  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 100ml double cream


To make the Chocolate Strawberries:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  2. Break the dark chocolate up and place in a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds and stir, microwave in 10 second blasts stirring in between until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Holding the strawberries by the leaves dip in the melted chocolate. Tap off any excess and place on the prepared baking sheet to set.
  4. Melt the white chocolate in the same way you meted the dark and drizzle over the strawberries. 
  5. Place in the fridge until set, a few hours.

To make the Cake:

  1. Heat the oven to 175°C. Grease the base and sides of 3 9″ loose bottomed cake tins before lining the bottom of each tin with baking parchment. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment place the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt) and mix together until combined.  
  3. In a large jug combine the wet ingredients (vegetable oil, buttermilk, coffee, eggs and vanilla extract) and whisk together. 
  4. With the mixer on low pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until fully combined. The batter will be very liquid.
  5. Pour the batter equally into the 3 tins and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a cake skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

To Make the Frosting:

  1. Place the freeze dried strawberries in the bowl of a food processor and process until they become a powder.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip the butter until light and fluffy, around 5 minutes. Add the icing sugar, powdered strawberries, milk and vanilla and beat on a low speed until everything is just combined. Turn the mixer up to high and beat for 2-3 minutes. If it’s still a little thick add a tablespoon more milk until you reach a good spreading consistency.

For the Ganache:

  1. Break the chocolate up and place in a microwave safe bowl with the cream. Microwave for 20 seconds and stir together. Microwave in 10 second intervals, stirring in between each heating, until the ganache is smooth and glossy. Set aside to cool and allow to thicken slightly before using.

Assemble the Cake:

  1. Place the one layer of cake on a cake stand and top with a large spoonful of the strawberry buttercream. Place another cake layer on top and repeat with the last layer.  Using a large spatular frost the outside and top of the cake, scraping off any excess buttercream from the sides so you can see the cake layers showing through.  
  2. Place the ganache in a disposable piping bag and snip the end off. Pipe drips of ganache around the edge of the cake, letting it drip down the edge (If you don’t have disposable piping bag you can do this carefully using a spoon to dribble the ganache around the edge).
  3. Using a piping bag fitted with an open star nozzle pipe swirls of strawberry buttercream around the top of the cake and decorate with chocolate covered strawberries.


the un iced cake can be frozen for 3 months.

You can find freeze dried strawberries in Lakeland or online.

If you can’t find freeze dried strawberries you can use 2tbsp strawberry jam in their place.

  • Prep Time: 1hr
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Baking
  • Cuisine: British


  1. February 9, 2021 / 7:40 pm

    What an elegant cake, with the dipped strawberries, strawberry buttercream and sprinkle of dried strawberries, not to mention that gorgeous drizzle. This is truly a work of art.

  2. February 9, 2021 / 8:36 pm

    This is stunning! Perfect for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for sharing, you make it look easy!

  3. February 10, 2021 / 6:56 pm

    You did not skimp on a single thing with this chocolate strawberry cake recipe! This is pure heaven!!!

  4. Lesli Schwartz
    February 11, 2021 / 12:21 am

    This is the most beautiful, romantic cake! It’s almost too pretty to eat! I think I would start with the chocolate covered strawberries and work my way down from there.

  5. February 11, 2021 / 1:50 am

    I have to try and make this cake, it looks amazing! It would be a great Valentine Day dessert

  6. February 12, 2021 / 10:04 am

    This cake is not only gorgeous it sounds delicious.

  7. February 12, 2021 / 12:42 pm

    One of my favorite cakes in the world. Your cake looks so beautiful and elegant, and I am sure that it is also delicious!

  8. February 12, 2021 / 11:28 pm

    What a gorgeous cake! Anyone would love to get this for Valentine’s Day! I love the way it turned out.

  9. February 13, 2021 / 4:52 pm

    This cake is really a masterpiece! I just found this recipe and it’s bit late to make it for Valentine’s (tomorrow!!) But am pinning it for later. I think it would be a fabulous cake to make for my birthday in May!

  10. February 13, 2021 / 9:51 pm

    A showstopper cake for sure! I love chocolate and strawberry together and it’s even better as a cake! Beautiful and delicious!

  11. Alexis
    February 15, 2021 / 4:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, my cake wasn’t nearly as gorgeous as yours but it tasted amazing. Thank you!

  12. Jodi
    February 15, 2021 / 4:25 pm

    What a gorgeous cake! I made this for Valentine’s Day and everyone loved it.

  13. February 19, 2021 / 6:08 pm

    This cake is beautiful! I love the decoration and I bet it tastes amazing. I am definitely going to be making this for me and my family. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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